Hey, Hey, Hey Look Who Turned One

First Birthday

The blog was on a bit of a hiatus last week but we’re back and it looks like this week is shaping up to be toddler week. Some of the cutest little people will be featured the next few days and to get things started is my very own cutie patootie great nephew.

We met up last week and, despite the visible remnants of Hurricane Sally, downtown Pensacola did not disappoint as a background for his one year old portraits.

I love the steps of the TT Wentworth Museum and Korbin did too. Up and down and back up again, the concrete on little bare knees did not slow him down at all! And couldn’t you just eat up those chunky little thighs?

What really had me tickled was the way he would pose for me throughout our time together. He got to the top of the stairs and turned around after naturally framing himself as if to say, “Hey, I’m ready!”

We had pumpkins and some neat little one year old birthday boxes to use as props. Big brother even got in on the action and mama had a delicious birthday cake on hand that he thoroughly enjoyed.

Happy birthday, Korbin Cy! You bring so much joy to our family and we love you oodles and oodles!

Sweet Little Man


This is the sweetest little guy and it’s really no surprise because his parents are two of the nicest people you will ever meet. I first got to know Charity when she started working at the school my kids attend and I met her love when I did their engagement pictures a few years ago.

I was so excited when she got in touch with me about doing family pictures along with some first birthday pictures! The majority of the time when people want pictures it just seems like a given that we will do them in Pensacola. Don’t get me wrong, there are some great places in the big city obviously, but I had recently done a session at a park in Milton and knew it would be a great spot for their family.

(Don’t you just love her hair?!) I’m so glad they were willing to drive out to Milton because I was so right about the park being the perfect place with all the gorgeous green and summer beauty. Her baby boy has been a walker since he was about nine months old I think so he had no problem tramping around either. And just check out that little curl in his hair! I think he is going to have the dark hair of his dad but with some of mom’s curls.

As a bonus she wanted to forgo a traditional cake smash in favor of a watermelon session and it just so happened that we had planted late and not gotten any fruit but my watermelon vines were prolific and would make an excellent backdrop for that part of the session.

She mentioned that he really loved watermelon and she was not kidding! He was eating it as fast as he could and loving every minute of it! And he was willing to share and even offered me a bite.

Happy birthday, little man. May you always love the things of life that are true, good and beautiful as much as you love watermelon!

He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you

but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?

Micah 6:8

Happy Birthday, Ansel!

First Birthday

Can you believe this little man is one year old today? Just a few weeks ago I was photographing him with his cousins and grandparents and watching him trying to get his feet under him. This past weekend I was chasing him around the yard so I guess he got this whole walking business figured out.

He has such a contagious smile and he looks pretty proud of himself, doesn’t he?

At first he wasn’t real sure what I was doing or why his favorite climbing toy was outside but he got into the spirit of things as our time wore on. It was a beautiful afternoon and he was happy to play.

There’s just something so adorable about little chubby toddler toes.

He was loving the climbing set but then the balloons arrived and my goodness, he was so excited!

He looks so much like his mama in this next picture! It was funny how depending on his expression or the way he moved how easily I could see both of his parents in his little face.

Once the balloons were out he was back and forth playing with them and climbing or playing with Dad.

All told I think he was having a great day and I know that today he will be rejoiced over and celebrated! Keep growing strong, lil’ man! You are loved.

Guess Who Turned One Last Week?

The Week of Edgar

Yep, it was him and he has the shirt to prove it! And what better way to celebrate than with milk and donuts? At first he played it a little cool…a little coy…like he wasn’t really paying any attention to the big plate of donuts just sitting on his blanket.

But then he decided he was all in! I think the donut hole swayed him.

And then there were the ones with icing and sprinkles. The sprinkles deserve a little contemplation.

He was a fan of the icing for sure!

He enjoyed washing the goodness down with a nice glass of cold milk.

All in all I think he was pretty pleased with his birthday celebration!

It’s a Family Thing

First Birthday

Cute little Lucy from Tuesday’s post has a big sister and it just so happens that I did a fruit themed session for her when she turned one a couple of years ago. I figured her adorable pictures would make for a great follow up post perfect for throwback Thursday.

Using fruit is such a wonderful alternative to a cake smash and watermelon in particular makes for a very tasty photo prop. Apparently my niece loved watermelon during her pregnancy and sure enough, when Kya got big enough to eat food she also loved it. (I had this same experience with my oldest child…only chocolate milk and hot dogs, so, umm, not quite as healthy but samesies.)

She was so stinking cute! Especially when she discovered that the bucket could function as a drum.

Over the years I have done more than a few cake smashes and it is always surprising to me how many of the babies cry when they’re given the cake. Obviously, some babies just go all in but that has not always been my experience. I’ve done several watermelon themed ones though and they always love it. Like, love love it.

She needed no prompting to enjoy that sweet juicy deliciousness.

I cannot imagine what their mama can possibly come up with to top this sweet first birthday and Lucy’s own six month fruit bath session. But I am looking forward to it!